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 Autumn is here, my friends, and with the falling leaves I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be heard among the greater Denver area: In exactly one month, TechCrunch is hitting the Rocky Mountain State for the TC Meetup + Pitch-Off in Denver in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. The event will be held at 1644 Platte Street on October 1 at 6pm. This will be our first Meetup event… Read More

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 Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix today announced that they have formed a new open source alliance — the Alliance for Open Media — with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies. It’s not often we see these rival companies come together to build a new technology together, but… Read More

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 Avocados from Mexico. Apples from Chile. Broccoli from China. If you take a look at the stickers on the produce you’re buying at the grocery store, chances are they’ll read something like this. Fast-forward twenty years. Instead of driving to Whole Foods to pay top dollar for produce that was picked two weeks ago and artificially kept alive with preservatives and refrigeration… Read More

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 Instagram Direct felt half-baked when the in-app chat feature launched without the ability to send photo replies in December 2015. Still, the private group messaging feature built an audience of 85 million monthly users, and now it’s getting upgrades that make it a true visual communication tool to rival Snapchat. Starting today you can reply with photos in a thread and start a convo… Read More

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 The experience of “reality” is a result of our sensory organs delivering information about the external world to our brains via electrical stimulus. The brain interprets this input and creates our reality. The ultimate goal of virtual reality (VR) is to achieve a true replacement for the external world as the source of these stimuli, thus creating true immersion, and a sense of… Read More

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 Los Angeles-based on-demand alcohol startup Saucey has delivered good times in a bottle since 2013 but held off raising VC funding till now. The service just pulled in $4.5 million in seed money to make its platform more efficient. Saucey origins begin with three buddies who worked together and liked to imbibe after a long day. Founders Chris Vaughn, Daniel Leeb and Andrew Zeck were… Read More

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 Jim Payne left day-to-day operations at Twitter nearly a year ago, and now he’s ready to work on his next company Not that Payne has been twiddling his thumbs since his departure — he’s been advising startups and also making plans of his own, for a startup has something to do in mobile video. With today’s announcement that he’s joining Accel Partners as an… Read More

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 Kinsa, the maker of a smart thermometer that tracks the spread of illness, has today announced their second product in the form of the Kinsa in-ear thermometer. Unlike the first thermometer, which was a standard (thought smart) stick thermometer, the new in-ear thermometer is completely wireless, and connects to the smartphone app via Bluetooth. The Kinsa portfolio of thermometers work… Read More

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 DoorDash, known for its restaurant delivery service, is the latest in a string of startups aiming to bring anything to your door right within hours of ordering it. The company said it is partnering with 7-11 to deliver products to DoorDash users beyond its typical restaurant deliveries. DoorDash has experimented with other types of stores — like delivering groceries — in a… Read More

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 The mad scientist who started Hoverboard Technologies calls his vehicle an “earned experience”. That means it’s hard to ride. Despite the name, this Hoverboard* doesn’t levitate. Instead, it uses gyroscopes like a Segway to help you balance with your feet on either side of one giant rollerblade-style wheel in the center. Hoverboard Technologies comes out of stealth… Read More

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 Google is giving itself a makeover today. The company today announced that it’s making some changes to its iconic logo and overall branding. It’s also making changes to the design of its search results pages. The company says it’s making these changes because the way people interact with its products has changed. The idea if for the new logo and identity family to… Read More

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 Sometimes Wikipedia’s reliance on volunteers to craft its online content comes back to bite them. Case in point: this morning, the organization announced that editors on the English version of Wikipedia have banned 381 user accounts that were engaging in “undisclosed paid advocacy.” In other words, they were posting promotional articles to the user-editable online… Read More

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 Amazon took a big step today to differentiate its Prime Instant Video service from rival Netflix: it’s becoming the first subscription-based video streaming service to make its content available for offline viewing on iOS and Android devices. Previously, the company allowed Amazon Fire tablet customers to download videos, but that didn’t address its sizable customer base who… Read More

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 The Charlotte, N.C.-based company, whose business model is akin to the faltering Quirky, took in $50 million from a group of undisclosed backers to finance businesses that show up to its Amazon Inventions Tour, beginning in Atlanta on Sept. 25. Read More

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 Samsung shares fell another 8.1 percent this month, losing $12 billion in value. The company has lost $44 billion in value since April. Analysts believe that low demand for the company’s new smartphones and upstart rivals – including the fan favorite OnePlus – are hitting the company in a big way. Because most smartphones are approximately the same, there is little… Read More

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 Mobcrush, which live-streams mobile games like Twitch does for PC games, said today that it has raised $11 million in a new financing round led by Kleiner Perkins. TechCrunch previously reported that the company had raised around $10 million. As we noted before, the company’s bet — along with investors — is that mobile game live-streaming will be bigger than just PC games.… Read More

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 The mobile revolution may be booming, but not everyone has the same level of access. That’s why major tech companies like Facebook and Google are building out systems involving drones or high-flying balloons to make sure those in developing regions still have the opportunity to get connected. Hoping to capitalize on that trend is LotusFlare, a startup founded by former Facebookers which… Read More

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 A little over a year ago, we broke the news that Nextbit, a company founded by early Android veterans, had raised $18 million dollars for… something. Something secret. Today, they’re finally pulling back the curtain. After weeks of teasing out little details on Twitter, Nextbit has finally spilled the beans on what they’ve been working: Robin, a super cloud-centric… Read More

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 With the new money WellAware looks to double down on its expansion in the oil and gas industry in the U.S. and abroad. Read More

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 Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google: In June, we announced that Chrome will begin pausing many Flash ads by default to improve performance for users. This change is scheduled to start rolling out on September 1… Read More

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 Yummly, the online recipe recommendation and food delivery service has raised $15 million in a new round of funding led by Bauer Venture Partners that values the company at $100 million. Read More

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 3D Robotics (3DR), the largest North American consumer drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of its 3DU educational program. 3DU aims to bring drones to more schools — ranging from K-12 to postgraduate programs — by making both hardware discounts and sponsorships available to these schools, as well as giving them classroom and curriculum support. The idea is to… Read More

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 Our beloved Pandora is 10 years old this month. The music company has endured ups and downs but is set to celebrate that milestone anniversary on the 9th. It’s quite impressive. What started as the human genome project has become something much bigger, connecting artists to listeners 24/7. To give back, Pandora has announced “Listener Love Day,” a day of ad-free streaming… Read More

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 Trusted is launching a new service for parents in search of high-quality babysitters — particularly parents who need to find someone ASAP. CEO Anand Iyer compared the startup’s approach to the recently launched senior care service Honor. When you’re looking for a babysitters, Trusted lets you browse the available providers and book them from within the mobile app… Read More

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 Given the speed at which startups often grow, disseminating important information to the folks that need it (when they need it) can become a huge hurdle. Guru, started by Boomi founder Rick Nucci, aims to solve that problem. Guru is a Chrome web extension that sits on top of pretty much anything you do on your computer, and intelligently surfaces the relevant information about your startup… Read More

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